Humboldt Research Fellowship for Jenny Sorce

22 October 2014. The Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) welcomes Jenny Sorce, who received a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers.
Humboldt Research Fellowship for Jenny Sorce

Jenny Sorce (Credit: AIP).

For the next two years she will collaborate with the AIP cosmologists at the intersection of the international projects CosmicFlows and CLUES.

Jenny Sorce obtained her bachelor of science at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon and got her PhD in Astrophysics, Cosmology at the Universities of Lyon and Potsdam under the supervision of Prof.  Helene Courtois and Professor Matthias Steinmetz. During her PhD, she also worked in close collaboration with Dr. Stefan Gottlöber and the Wempe awardees of 2010 and 2014 Professor Brent Tully and Professor Yehuda Hoffman. She spent her research time between Lyon, Potsdam and Hawaii.

Jenny measured surface photometry of galaxies to obtain their distances using the Tully-Fisher relation. These accurate distance estimates allow for mapping the local deviations from the Hubble expansion, i.e. the radial peculiar velocities of galaxies. Based on these observational data it is possible to reconstruct the state of the local Universe some 13 billion years ago and to use this information as constrained initial condition for numerical simulations. Such constrained simulations are an excellent tool to study the evolution of the Milky Way.

Contakt: Dr. Jenny Sorce,, +49 331 7499-647

Media contact: Kerstin Mork,, +49 331 7499-469

The key topics of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. Since 1992 the AIP is a member of the Leibniz Association.